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15 September 2019: Aperture: Die Tomorrow


Die Tomorrow
Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, 2017, 75 min, 12A
Thai with English subtitles

Death often comes unexpectedly – what happens the day before is usually quite ordinary: all the little things that make life worth living. In Bangkok, friends celebrate their graduation, siblings meet again, a couple separates, an actress is waiting to be called on set. The latest film from Thai auteur and social media sensation, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, Die Tomorrow is a poetic and profoundly moving meditation on the brevity of life. Lyrical vignettes from the penultimate days of individuals, unaware they are soon to die, are interspersed with documentary footage of subjects young and old ruminating on their fear and acceptance of death. Combining dreamy camerawork with wonderfully naturalistic performances, underscored by a lush piano soundtrack, Die Tomorrow is a quietly profound film in which Nawapol tackles his subject matter with wit and a delicate touch. A beautifully life-affirming film.

Screening as part of Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival